"Hullo, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speaking, Duffy ain't here---oh, hullo, Duffy . . . " It may have been the most familiar stock opening line in the history of old-time radio comedy. The famous radio dive was one of those old-time radio birds that was at once a popular hit and a show onto which some of the biggest, or at least the most prestigious entertainers (including but not limited to Fred Allen and a few of his "Allen's Alley"... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Duffy's Tavern, old-time radio, Ed Gardner
Finnegan is worried that there ain't no Santa Claus. Archie hosts a Christmas show at the tavern, including music, poetry, and their version of A Christmas Carol. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Marriage counselor John J Anthony visits the tavern to find Mrs Nussbaum in need of his services, after falling in love with Finnegan. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Mrs Nussbaum, John J Anthony, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Fred and Portland stroll down Allen's Alley with the question, "How did the season's worst storm bother you?" Fred tells Portland how he was hit on the head by a beer barrel, and was carried unconscious into Duffy's Tavern. Topics: Fred Allen, Texaco Star Theater, Ed Gardner, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Dennis Day is joining the Navy, so Archie tries to get a couple of girls so he can take Dennis out on the town for a last fling. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Dennis Day, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Joan Bennett visits the tavern to help Archie raffle off a phony diamond tiara, and a kiss from Joan, to help needy families for Christmas. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Joan Bennett, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Cornel Wilde joins Dorothy in a skit about a magazine editor and a very persistent writer. Dorothy visits Duffy's Tavern where Archie tries to get a singing job on Dorothy's show. Topics: Sealtest Variety Theater, Dorothy Lamour, Ed Gardner, Cornel Wilde, Comedy, Variety, Old Time...
Archie has written a new opera hoping Hollywood will recognize his talents. Archie has invited composer and music critic Deems Taylor to see his opera called "Salami, Where She Hung". Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Deems Taylor, Ed Gardner, Alan Reed, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Duffy plans to do a radio show from the tavern with Dolores Hope and Bob Crosby, hoping they will bring along husband Bob and brother Bing. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Bob Crosby, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR, Dolores Hope
To compete against another bar, Archie plans to start a theater group at the tavern featuring his own original plays, and get John Garfield to join in. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, John Garfield, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
While Archie brags about how he single handedly broke up a bar fight, a tough customer insults him, so Archie has to fight him to prove he's no a coward. Topics: Duffy's Tavern, Ed Gardner, Sheldo Leonard, Comedy, Old Time Radio, OTR
Fred and Tallulah perform a Breakfast Radio Show sketch. Fred tries to teach Tallulah how to become a success in radio. Tallulah does a monologue about a woman calling a man for date. The whole cast gets to go to Duffy's Tavern, when Tallulah's blind date turns out to be Archie the manager. Ed Wynn explains the opera "Carmen". Topics: The Big Show, Tallulah Bankhead, Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, Ed Gardner, Comedy, Variety, Old Time Radio,...
Bob Hope is the Master of Ceremonies for this special Christmas broadcast, with Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Ed Gardner, Frances Langford, Ginny Simms, Merwyn Bogue, Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, and many others. Special messages to the troops from Washington, from Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall, Secretary Of The Navy Frank Knox, and the Secretary Of War Henry Stimson. Topics: Command Performance, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Ed Gardner, Jimmy Durante,...
Kate Smith sings "How About You?". Henny Youngman tells a number of quick jokes. Barry Wood sings "It's Going To Be A Great Day". Ed Gardner does a routine as Archie of Duffy's Tavern about a pitcher with two heads. The studio audience sings "Keep The Home Fires Burning". Ted Husing gives the sports news. Robert Benchley discusses the facts of life. Topics: Command Performance, Kate Smith, Henny Youngman, Ed Gardner, Robert Benchley, Music, Comedy,...